July 30, 2017
I’m very behind on posting so I’m just in time for the last day of Double Pet Rewards. You have till something like 8 a.m. EST Monday morning to get double XP on pet games and snacks if you’re a member.
It’s been a little odd this time. I’ve had several wizards who either couldn’t get into the Pet Pavilion without closing out and starting again or took several tries. And the Gobbler game froze midstream and I had to close the game and log in again — of course lost the energy points anyway…
I have managed to finish training some decent pets:
I’ve also tried to find hatches for my Storm and Fire girls, who’ve never managed to have very good pets, but no dice this time…
With my level 92 Death and Life wizards stalled in Azteca as I drag my feet about preparing for the tricky final dungeon (have I mentioned how tired I am of tricky dungeons 🙂 ?), while longing for more wizards with Plant All, I decided to finally spend some time on my then-level 56 Storm (Destiny S.) and Fire (Tatiana F.) wizards; at least to get them to the point in Avalon where the gardening spells become available.
I’ve quested them through Celestia and Zafaria and have made it to the Wild in Avalon in the last month or so. I still really love my Death and Life girls but I have to say it’s startling to me how much faster I’m moving through these places with my Storm and Fire wizzes. And I’m feeling like the game has been weighted a bit in favor of these two schools (at least compared to Death and Life; don’t play the other schools much). Not only are their spells much more powerful — most of the time I’m overkilling without even trying to– but they get enough pips so much faster. In fact I’d worried a bit about this stage and the lower health after having my Life and Death girls hit for round after round while waiting for pips but they’re able to make the kill shot so much faster it hasn’t been a problem. At this stage I’m using 7-9 pip spells for all of them most of the time so it isn’t that their spells use less pips.
With my Death and Life wizards I always make sure some of their gear includes pip enhancements because it takes so freaking long to get enough pips to cast one of their not-as-powerful spells. With Storm and Fire I haven’t purposely done anything to enhance pips (i.e. I may have equipped something with a pip boost without aiming for it or noting it but I know they don’t have as much pip boost in their gear sets as the other two) I’m puzzled as to why KI felt the need to give Storm and Fire not only the big spells advantage but to seemingly give them a better rating for pips.
I’ve also teamed Life wizards on two accounts who’ve made it to Avalon, so I know Destiny and Tatiana are benefiting from the knowledge I’ve gained in getting four other wizards to levels 92 and 72. But the speed with which they’re mowing down the bad guys is just too far beyond what I’ve been able to do with my Life and Death characters for me to think has much to do with my greater expertise.
I know KI is trying to balance the talents and skills of the different schools so the great power of Storm, for instance, counterbalances Death’s steal health spells–which are lower power but give all that health back — and the hefty over time spells of Fire balance against, say, Life’s many heals. I kind of get Death having smaller damage in exchange for the health return but I don’t get why Death also has to be handicapped with being challenged as to pips.
The deficits for Life particularly puzzle me. Life’s spells are less powerful and Life doesn’t get as many damage spells because they get all these heals and the heals theoretically give them an advantage. The thing is, in my experience, since Life is the only one who can cast all heals on anybody, everyone expects Life to cast heal spells to help them. So Life’s heals don’t just help Life — in fact I’ve had my Life girl in battles with others many times when she’s not only healed everybody else but then wound up defeating all or most of the enemies–but everyone benefits. I think Life should get bigger damage and a better pip rating to get a little more power in exchange for being really the only school that’s routinely expected to help everybody else.
Besides puzzling over these mysteries,, I’m also trying to decide, as I race Destiny and Tatiana toward Morgan and Rylee, whether there would be a benefit to switching how I have them teamed once they’re all at the same place in Azteca. I kind of like pairing Spirit and/or Elemental wizards because of being able to assist one another with the Spirit/Elemental blades and traps. But I can see that adding Destiny’s Storm power to Rylee’s Life talents and/or Tatiana’s Fire to Morgan’s Death abilities or vice versa might work better.
I’ve paired Tatiana quite a bit with lower level Death and Life wizards on a couple of accounts when they’re facing major dungeons and I want to speed it up and that, of course, works great. But I’ve not paired same level Fire and Life or Storm and Death, etc. If anyone else plays two accounts and has experience, I’d be interested to hear.
I finally decided to try again at pets during this last weekend’s Double Pet Rewards event. I’d unsuccessfully tried to get a hatch through the wizard central site so my hatching till now has been totally between my accounts and between pets on each account. But I joined the adult non-pvp players Facebook group a while back and noticed there are lots of folks who help out with hatches, so I gave it a try.
One of the folks with a great pet for every conceivable desire in a pet hatched a Death damage pet with me and for the first time ever I got what I wanted on the first attempt at training. I wouldn’t have minded having another critical or damage talent as the fifth, but I also don’t mind having energizing battery in there. I now plan to periodically ask for help with developing a roster of pets for different purposes. Of course since I still can’t stand much pet training, I will be training them only during Double Pet Reward days 🙂
Since I was on a roll I decided to train Prince Peanut on up to Ultra as I’d become hazy about why I swore off bothering with the final stage of training (you know, besides the I hate it thing 🙂 ). Now I’m puzzling over KI’s thinking. The Ultra bit with its jewel socket would make some kind of sense if you only got a socket at that stage (or a second one), but most of my pets have gotten a socket by ancient and I’ve been able to put any eligible level of jewel (i.e. eligible to the level of the wizard) in the socket. When I got to Ultra this time, I’d already put a fairly high-level damage jewel I quite liked in there and the jewel given for achieving Ultra didn’t inspire a desire to shatter the one I’d already placed.
If KI wants the Ultra to mean something, they should either (1) make the jewel socket available only when you get to that level, or (2) give you a second socket for Ultra, or (3) make the reward for achieving Ultra something else–leaving one jewel socket to arrive at earlier stages of training, as they have been.
My personal favorite idea would be to let you choose, upon achieving Ultra, which of the remaining potential talents for your pet it will get. That for me would make it absolutely worth training every pet to Ultra–or at least every pet with an unrealized potential talent I’d like to add. To get a random jewel for a slot I’ve already filled? not much of an incentive for me… So I’m back to eschewing any further training after Mega.
June 19, 2017
Today KI launched a lengthy Lost Pages event–three weeks–ending on July 9. If you’ve never participated, see Harold Argleston for the opening quest.
There are quests on a number of worlds and all involve fighting a bunch of “spellwrit” creatures and then a dungeon. The Spellwrits usually – but not always — are from the opposite school from the usual one for that creature and they appear kind of ghostly, or at least white.
These creatures generally have considerably more health than their normal counterparts. You have to defeat 10 of them and most of the time they’re so scattered through the mobs that you can only get one at a time, so it’s a lot of fights. You don’t get a very high XP for the huge amount of time it takes and, though you can supposedly get good drops, I’ve never gotten anything noticeably better than the normal drops for the area.
You might be guessing I rarely bother to participate any more, but it IS something different and you might get better drops than I have. If you’re looking for something new to do in the game, here’s your chance to take a break from questing and help find the lost pages.
Wow, quite a week KI is presenting for us. After a day of Double Pet XP, we now have Double Garden Rewards from today (6/7/17) through Sunday!
If you plant Evil Magma Peas, Couch Potatoes, Boom Shrooms, Snapdragons or Tiger Lilies today and provide them with all the likes, you can collect double XP, gold, treasure cards, seeds, pet snacks, etc. before the event is over. [I’m sure there are other short-term items, but these are the ones I happen to grow..]
I’ve had gardens sitting at elder harvest for four of my wizards so I’ve already collected a round of double harvests– including feeding a bunch of Evil Magma Pea seeds to pets on an account on which attics and Seed Vaults are already bursting with them! And I’m planting some EMPs and Couch Potatoes to get a second round of pet snacks. And on one of my accounts I’ve harvested an abundance of blade TCs from Sword Ferns.
Make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!
April 22, 2017
KI is offering Double Rewards for pets–started yesterday and I managed to forget to make the final click to publish this 🙂 — running for an unspecified amount of time. Usually it would be through Sunday, so let’s guess that 🙂 During this time you get double XP for games and snacks.
In other words, if you get all 4 points for a pet game, it becomes 8. If you have a 50 XP mega snack, it becomes 50. The specific stats double also, so if, say 14 of your 50 points on the snack are for Agility, you get 28 points for Agility. Good time to make the most of the harder-to-get stat of Intellect by feeding snacks with Intellect points.
Me, I’m kind of done with the frustration of spending hours on training only to wind up disappointed, so you won’t be seeing any of my wizards at the Pet Pavilion for this…
So far I’m hanging in on the effort to get enough animi to make a Monstrodome. Feeling more doubtful every day whether I can stomach 201-600 rounds with Lord Nightshade, Lady Blackhope and Foulgaze (67-200 apiece).
I’ve spent 15-30 minutes one or twice a day working on Foulgaze and Lady Blackhope and it’s mind-numbingly boring. For all that time spent, I’m one battle away from having 3 of the 10 cards worth of animi from Foulgaze and enough from Lady Blackhope to make 2 of 10. That’s a whale of a lot of battling left to do considering I’m already totally burned-out on this…
I also decided to explore the Expel spells a little since I knew nothing in my first post on Monstrology. All that fighting Lady Blackhope means I also collected a bunch of Skeletal Corsair Animi from her minion since I’m enchanting Deer Knight with Extract and casting it every time. Only minions have Expel spells –can’t get one for a boss. Since I had all these spare Skeletal Corsair Animi I made a couple of those cards.
Initially, since he looks just like them, I assumed you could use it on a Skeletal Warrior in the street not far away, but no, it only works on her minion. Her minion used to be a Skeletal Warrior too but for this they’ve left him looking exactly the same and changed his title. The Expel Skeletal Corsair card only works on this one creature who seems to be only in this one place. Not sure what the point of that is??? The one I used on a Skeletal Warrior put the X on his circle and then did nothing so I had to hit him with another damage spell.
You make a treasure card using 15 Skeletal Corsair animi and 2000 gold and put it in your treasure side deck. When you move it into your “hand” you can target the Skeletal Corsair and when it hits him that’s it for him. A big red X appears across his/her circle and then the creature disappears. Since I’m working on Monstrology with a level 92 wizard, it’s seeming pretty pointless since I can defeat many of the creatures in Wizard City with one unenhanced wand spell…
If you have the patience to work your way high enough in Monstrology to have an Expel for some creature on, say, Azteca, I can imagine maybe it could be helpful to be able to just automatically knock one opponent out with a single spell. But most of us are using big AOE spells by then–which lets us knock out all the minions or mob creatures at once–so I’m hazy as to when this would be much of an advantage.
Really the only part of this I find kind of fun is making a guest. The only thing is I’m not that in love with most of the creatures you fight; if I’m going to turn some of the characters from the game into “guests” in my houses I’d prefer some of the NPCs like Tashio or Baldur Goldpaws or Sir Reginald Baxby… You know, nice… not creepy… not enemies…
March 10, 2017
I’ve been a bit lax on the posting front on all my blogs lately so I didn’t manage to post a heads up on Wednesday when Double Garden XP days started. Through Sunday you get double XP, gold and harvest drops for all gardening. Took me by surprise as I’d not expected one for a while, but it happened I had a bunch of gardens sitting at elder harvest 🙂
There’s possibly enough time to plant Couch Potatoes, Snap Dragons or Tiger Lilies and get them to elder harvest if you have every like as those grow pretty fast but it’s too late for most plants–although you could get a mature harvest or three off some, like Evil Magma Peas.
I’m mostly pointing this one out to note it tends to be a good moment to pick up some of the rarer or hard-to-get treasure cards and reagents at the Bazaar as all the gardening folks are getting huge harvests and needing to sell stuff. I’ve already hit the limit on treasure cards and headed to the Bazaar to sell them with several wizards numerous times.
For instance, Evil Magma Peas drop lots of Feints and Tower Shields. I have so many for most of my wizards that I sell quite a few at this point. EMPs also drop Black Lotus, Scrap Iron, and Sandstone (among others) and most of my wizards have huge stores of them plus I have the maximum in the Shared Bank so I’ve been selling lots of reagents too.
If you’re looking for crafting ingredients or to shore up your TC collection, spend time sitting at the Bazaar this weekend!
I’ve previously mentioned you can port a lower level wizard to a friend in higher level areas in order to train gardening spells. Recently I ran an experiment to see if you could also do it with crafting.
Over the course of a couple of days I ported level 32 (actually late twenties when I started the experiment) Darby Stargarden to one of my higher level wizards at the trainers in Mooshu, Dragonspyre and then Celestia and completed all those levels of training. The exclamation point on the next appears as soon as you complete the one before and get the next quest. Seriously. Level 32 and a Grandmaster Artisan as well as a Grandmaster Gardener.
In Zafaria they started blocking the ability to do that because you have to do some of the early quests there before you get access to either the gardening or the crafting trainer. To get the quests you have to have completed the previous worlds and received the “key”. But if you want to jump ahead on crafting so you can use the Grizzleheim and Dragonspyre forges and buy cool recipes requiring higher level craft training, you can jump on ahead through Celestia.
I knew I wanted a Tapestry to the Bazaar as soon as the recipes came out, so Morgan D. bought one right away — before I realized one of the ingredients required fishing, which I’d already tried and quit… So, the recipe just sat there.
Then I bought some bundle on sale for Rylee W. on account #2 and it came with a Tapestry to the Bazaar. Yea! I’ve gotten pretty good at using it to send her to the Bazaar and then opening other accounts and porting wizards to one another until everybody who needs to sell or buy stuff at the Bazaar is complete.
But since my recent experiments with what you can do for free have included doing the first fishing quest I started thinking about the never-crafted recipe sitting in Morgan’s list. And I thought about how nice it would be to have more than one wizard with the Tapestry. Even though I still despised fishing on this second try, I managed to do it, so I figured I could tolerate it long enough to catch 5 Cuddlefish in Cyclops Lane.
Turns out that may be questionable. I’m down to just needing one more so I’ll probably finish and craft the tapestry, but I’ve run into new things to hate about fishing so I’m feeling kind of sorry I tried. I particularly have trouble in Cyclops Lane with fish “getting away”. I’ve spent enough time there fishing now to say 1/3 to 1/2 of the fish you catch get away — and as I’ve mentioned, after having bored you with standing there doing nothing after you cast, then after you catch and lose a fish, they still have the GALL to charge you an energy point!
But even worse, the fish in Cyclops Lane barely spawn. I’ve gone from realm to realm to realm trying to find enough fish to even bother casting the “reveal school” spell finding zero to 3 fish in the entire pond area and it’s tributary streams. When I have found a few more fish I’ve cast the reveal school spell and discovered not a single Death school fish in an entire area that’s supposed to be a place to catch at least two Death school fish, Cuddlefish being one of them. I literally wasted an entire hour and an ENTIRE ENERGY GLOBE’s worth of energy casting that stupid spell and finding out there were no Death fish or hitting a new realm and finding no fish at all.
And yes, I tried the stupid run around and scatter fish so it will re-spawn bit. I don’t know why I bothered as it has never done anything before… It takes FOREVER for the fish to come back. I’ve gone off to accomplish other things in WC for as much as 10 or 15 minutes — including doing a round or two in the B.O.X. and popped back to Cyclops to find still no fish returned. B.O.R.I.N.G.
At the end of an hour I had 3 unwanted fish and one ho-hum treasure chest, no energy and I was enraged that I’d put up with doing one of the most boring “fun” activities ever invented for that long and had ZERO to show for it. I then did a little research and saw all kinds of people posting they’d experienced the same thing in that area: either no fish or no Death fish on realm after realm after realm is the NORM. Who on earth thinks that’s fun???
If you don’t own an Amber Estate or a Death House (I have neither), Cyclops Lane is the only place in the spiral that has Cuddlefish. Why make it a requirement for crafting, put it in only one spot and then program it so most of the time it isn’t possible to catch one there?
What I really wish is that they’d put transporters to the Bazaar all over the spiral… And I would NEVER fish again 🙂